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Teams battle it out in Hong Kong final of Global Student Challenge

1 October 2017

Can Glasgow Caledonian continue its winning streak in 2018?

As ever, it was a tough finals week for Global Student Challenge finalists in Hong Kong.

After several gruelling rounds of competition, one team emerged victorious: Tartan Construction from Glasgow Caledonian University. It collected its award from immediate past president of the CIOB, Paul Nash, at the awards dinner in July, having beaten five other finalist teams to the award.

The champions receive £2,000 in prize money along with access to mentoring from industry leaders.

Around 50 teams from universities all over the world entered the 2017 competition, which began in March. After six rounds of competing the top six ranking teams travelled to Hong Kong for the finals which ran from the 16 to 20 July.

In the final, held at the University of Hong Kong, Tartan Construction held off the challenge from five teams from around the world in the process of becoming champions. Alongside the UK, the other countries represented in the final were Australia, Hong Kong SAR and China.

The winning team: Tartan Construction from Glasgow Caledonian University

Tartan Construction from Glasgow Caledonian beat out CUBE from the University of Cambridge to the top prize while Kier from Loughborough University came third. The other three finalists were: Team Hong Yining from The Hong Kong Polytechic University; UPON from Chongqing University; and NLMA from Melbourne University.

Tartan Construction’s win marks the third time that Glasgow Caledonian University have won the competition, following on from Cali Construction in 2016 and Saltire in 2015.

The annual CIOB Global Student Challenge invites teams to compete at running a virtual construction company in a simulated environment using the MERIT software which enables students to develop business management skills, requiring them to take decisions on staffing levels, estimating and bidding, managing cash flow and capital and seeking investment opportunities.

Next year’s Challenge is already open for entries. Head online to the CIOB website to enter or email Lucy Sycamore at

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